This is the first question I had when I heard about apitherapy and the use of bee products for health and wellness. At the time my answer was similar to: “A complementary alternative approach that uses bee products to treat various conditions and diseases.” Basically, this definition was good and still is, but years of study and practice in this field taught me that it is rather incomplete.
What is true about the above definition of Apitherapy?
Yes, bee products are fascinating, pure and have tremendous medicinal properties! I also think that studying apitherapy is the only way to understand what the bees are really doing. Only the scientific work behind apitherapy can demonstrate with brio the quality of the bee products and underline properly the extreme intelligence of bees. The mystery behind honeybees simply grows when we realize that, not only the bees are pollinating most plants on Earth, but they also use building material, cleaning products and food of much higher quality and bioenergy then ourselves, humans.
ApiQuality and ApiMedica Events are the most wonderful to learn about this side of apitherapy. It goes in such depth that all apitherapists of the world should attend them at least once to open their mind to this level of bee products scientific understanding. There are a few other ways to get this knowledge. In Canada, the Canadian Apitherapy Association is now offering monthly webinars with various apitherapy specialists, including scientists and practitioners of high level. There are a few good books and online courses about the topic as well. Traveling to meet the specialists is also a great alternative!
Apitherapy as all other complementary alternative therapies have some areas of great success that makes it stand out! Here are a few examples: Honey for wounds, Bee Pollen for poor nutrition, Propolis for respiratory diseases, Bee Venom for lyme disease, arthritis and multiple sclerosis, apilarnil for man fertility problems, Royal Jelly for regeneration especially around women’s menstrual cycle, etc…
What is missing to make the above definition of Apitherapy complete?
Probably many things are missing to make this definition truly complete. For today, I will simply indicate that what have been mentioned concerns specifically the “Api” part of Apitherapy. All those important points regarding the life of bees and bee products: their usage, their properties, their composition, their origin, their production, their scientific studies, all this concerns this “Api” part of Apitherapy.
What is missing is the “Therapy” part of Apitherapy. Even if bee products are so good they sometimes heal people just by themselves. There are many, many cases of beekeepers healed of various conditions simply by a few bee stings, by eating some propolis, honey or pollen. I have myself quite a few of those stories to share. Even if bee products can produce extremely beneficial food supplements, even then, if you want to become serious about apitherapy, you need a good understanding of therapy.
If you want to open an apitherapy clinic, you need people trained to heal: Medical Doctors, Naturopaths, Chinese Medicine Doctors, Acupuncturist, Herbalists, Homeopaths, Veterinary, Inhalotherapists, Osteopaths, Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, Energy Healers, etc… Since there are no formal Apitherapy Schools and complete curriculum existing yet, today’s apitherapists need to get their “Therapy” training from the source that corresponds to the type of practice they want. The use of bee products and their understanding of the world of bees will then be a diamond on their therapist’s crown, giving them the title of apitherapist.
Now, there are several ways of understanding and developing therapist skills, but one thing is for sure. Your success as apitherapist will absolutely depend on both your therapist skills and your understanding of the world of bees and their products. Each practitioner has its own set of therapist skills, everyone is different and has different results. So, while you are shopping for your apitherapist, don’t be looking only at the quality of products he is using, his beekeeper skills and his understanding of the world of bees, try to sense also how good a therapist he is.
For any question about apitherapy or anything mentioned above, come meet our apitherapists at the Happy-Culture Clinic, 1340, Bloor Street West, Toronto, Canada.
General Manager at Happy-Culture Inc.